Just when I thought that the acquisition of the P-3C was final, Japan turns around and offers the simpler TC-90 aircraft to us in its place. Japan is reportedly concerned about our Armed Forces’ ability to operate effectively the P-3C and is thus offering these TC-90s as a way for us to slowly gain experience in using more sophisticated Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) first. Although the plans to provide these TC-90s are not solid yet, let’s take a quick look at it and at the same time see how it fits into the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) inventory of MPAs.
The TC-90 is based on the commercial, twin-turboprop engine, straight wing C90 utility aircraft made by the American company Beechcraft. The C90 belongs to the Model 90 Series of aircraft with an official name of King Air. It first flew in 1963, and since then over 3,000 of it and its derivatives has been produced and served with various Air Forces and Airlines all over the world. The TC-90 is the designation given to the Training Aircraft used by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSF) with unique locally made avionics.
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